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Room 237 (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2012 (UK)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

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Complete credited cast:
Bill Blakemore ... Himself
Geoffrey Cocks ... Himself
Juli Kearns ... Herself
John Fell Ryan ... Himself
Jay Weidner ... Himself
Stephen Brophy ... Cast
Ash Brophy ... Csst
Buddy Black ... Cast
Buffy Visick ... Cast
Sam Walton ... Cast (as Samuel Walton)
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A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within 'Stanley Kubrick (I)' 's Kubrick''s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Written by Anonymous

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Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.

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26 October 2012 (UK)  »

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A 237-es szoba  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

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$259,765, 12 May 2013
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Director Rodney Ascher has gone on record saying that he does not personally believe many of the theories espoused by narrators in this film. In an interview with Complex magazine, he said, "my personal take on it is, for one, I don't think it's nearly as visionary as any one of these folks have found. I just see it as sort of a story about juggling the responsibilities of your career and family and as cautionary tale of what may happen if you make the wrong choice. And even maybe looking at the ghosts as these figures that represent fortune or prestige or things that you might be chasing at the expense of paying proper attention to your family." See more »

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One of the theorists claims that Room 237 is a reference to the mean distance from the Moon to the Earth: 237,000 miles. However, the actual distance is 238,856 miles. See more »

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References Deluge (1933) See more »

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We Cannot Escape the Past from the album 'A Stairway to the Stars'
Composed and Performed by The Caretaker
By Arrangement with History Always Favours the Winners
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Ramblings by People You'd Ignore Normally
30 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

To me this is like watching a movie made by those crazy people on internet forums who say, "How can you be so blind? this is all about ________!" Obviously there was a message about Native Americans in the film, because they outright state that it was built on an ancient Indian Burial Ground, and there is Native American art everywhere in the hotel, but beyond that there is very little to go on besides continuity errors for most of the other theories.

The worse part of the whole documentary was when they decided to play the film backwards and forwards at the same time, and were amazed that the ending and the beginning will appear the same way... well that's because you play both the ending and the beginning at the same time, and it eventually gets to the beginning and the ending by the end of this little experiment. What else would happen? They use this little experiment to justify why characters are really behaving the way they are.

Another commentator gives her kid credit for explaining a moment in the movie, a movie he never even watched and wasn't even commenting on.

There were a couple interesting things like the significance of showing a Red VW Beetle being smashed up and the apparent lie used to change the Room 217 to 237, but once again, beyond that it's mostly just ramblings by people who have no connection to the film saying a chair missing in a shot is note worthy instead of a error. These people think Stanley Kubrick and everyone he worked with to create all his films never make mistakes. I for one, don't think Kubrick is a perfect God with full control of every tiny little thing on his sets.

I don't suggest this to anyone, because you can find out the significance of any "clue" online easily, and you don't need to waste your time hearing all these conspiracy theories, some of which are so ridiculous, it's infuriating.


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